THE QUESTION OF INDEPENDENCY

In this segment of the movie 1776, John Adams of Massachusetts and John Dickinson of Pennsylvania have themselves a grand old fight. Should the colonies declare their independence, or try and reconcile with England? Your mission: take notes! What arguments do they make to back up their opinions?

INDEPENDENCE

John Adams & Ben Franklin

RECONCILIATION

John Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What was the most persuasive argument? Why?
  2. What methods and language do the debaters use to make their arguments appealing? Are they similar to Paine’s methods?

  3. What was the compromise reached? Do you think it was fair?

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